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Inmate dead after 'encounter' with Pima County Jail guards

The death of an inmate last Thursday at the Pima County Jail in a "use-of-force encounter" was kept under wraps by the Sheriff's Department until press reports about the incident were published.

Following published news reports by TucsonSentinel.com and others about the lack of details provided regarding a death at the jail, the Pima County Sheriff's Department released a brief, five-sentence statement Tuesday afternoon, five days after the death.

The inmate who died was identified as Francisco Ruiz by a PCSD spokeswoman.

No age was provided for Ruiz — who was initially misidentified as another inmate with the same last name by PCSD on Tuesday — so information on why he was being held at the jail was not available.

On November 14, "at approximately 9:25 p.m., there was a use-of-force encounter at the Pima County Minimum Security Facility between corrections officers and inmate Francisco Ruiz. In the wake of that encounter, life-saving measures were administered to the inmate, but were unsuccessful," Deputy Marissa Hernandez said.

The incident is being investigated by PCSD's Criminal Investigations Division, Hernandez said.

"The investigation is still ongoing. We will update you with more information as the investigation progresses," she said.

The Sentinel's earlier report:

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A death last Thursday at the Pima County Jail is being investigated by the homicide unit of the Pima County Sheriff's Department.

Officials have not released any details about the death, which took place November 14. It's unknown if the person who was reportedly killed was an inmate at the jail.

PCSD did not release any notification to the press about the death of an inmate, as is customary, and did not provide any public notice that there had been a homicide at the detention facility on Tucson's West Side.

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